The Sports Matrix: Monday 6 June 2011

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Nadal claims 10th Grand Slam title

Rafael Nadal yesterday won a record-equalling sixth French Open title after beating Roger Federer 7-5, 7-6, 5-7, 6-1 in the final. Nadal has only ever lost once at Roland Garros and remains World No 1 with the victory. It was his 10th Grand Slam win. MORE

Tevez likely to stay at City next year

Carlos Tevez has given the first public indication he will still be a Manchester City player next season. “Everything at City is being built to be successful,” he said yesterday. “We have the makings of a great team and we are heading in the right direction.” MORE

Dilshan hits 193 despite Lord’s rain

Tillakaratne Dilshan hit 193 – the highest score by a Sri Lankan at Lord’s – on the third day of the second Test yesterday as the visitors chased England’s first innings total of 486. Despite rain severely disrupting play, Sri Lanka closed in a strong position on 372 for 3. MORE

Solid Noren wins Wales Open

Alex Noren yesterday won the Saab Wales Open at Celtic Manor, securing his second European Tour title by just two shots. His previous victory was the 2009 European Masters. “My driving has been the best it’s ever been,” the Swede said. MORE

Chelsea begin their pursuit of Hiddink

Chelsea will begin talks with the Turkish Football Federation today about releasing manager Guus Hiddink from his contract, so that the Dutchman can rejoin the Premier League side as manager. The Turks want £4m in return for letting Hiddink leave. MORE

Astonishing Farah breaks record

Mo Farah yesterday set a new British and European 10,000m record at the Diamond League meeting in Oregon. The 28-year-old’s winning time of 26 minutes, 46.7 seconds was six seconds better than Mohammed Mourhit’s 11-year European record.

Opinion: James Lawton

The truth is that we can confirm Fabio Capello in his status as a dead man walking as often as we like, but we have to look at the record of English football and say that the sickness is beyond the power of any one man to cure. MORE

Capello baffled by tired England performance

After a lethargic start to Saturday’s 2-2 draw in the Euro 2012 qualifier with Switzerland, in which England went 2-0 down after 35 minutes, Fabio Capello has said he has no idea how to cure the summer fatigue. “I don’t know. You know the medicine?” he asked when approached in a corridor after the game. The players even had a 12-day break between the end of the domestic season and the qualifier. “We have got quality,” the Italian said. “But the problem is the energy.” His captain, John Terry insisted tiredness was the not the issue. “We’ve had 50, 60 games this year, so another game’s not going to make any difference at all.” Meanwhile, contrary to suggestions yesterday, striker Peter Crouch has not retired from international football. MORE

Nasri hints at exit to Man United

Samir Nasri – entering the final year of his contract – has refused to rule out leaving Arsenal this summer, even hinting at a move to Manchester United: “I don’t know if I will sign anew contract. Do I want to go to Man United? First, we should see if it’s real and if it is concrete.”

Hull KR savour derby triumph

Hull KR earned a 17-10 victory over Hull in the Humberside derby at Craven Park yesterday, but the game saw Hull’s Sean Long dislocate his shoulder after making a try-saving tackle in his first game back since breaking his thumb six weeks ago. MORE